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What are the important events that happened on May 4? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 4: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 4 is the 125th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 241 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 21, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,462,320,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosapentagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 269 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,230 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 4 Historical Events

  • 1256
    The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
  • 1814
    King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
  • 1859
    The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
  • 1945
    World War II: Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army.
  • 1949
    The entire Torino football team (except for two players who did not take the trip: Sauro Tomà, due to an injury and Renato Gandolfi, because of coach request) is killed in a plane crash at the Superga hill at the edge of Turin, Italy.

Who were born on May 4?

  • 1929
    Audrey Hepburn, Anglo-Dutch actress (d. 1993)
  • 1960
    Werner Faymann, Chancellor of Austria
  • 1964
    Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • 1981
    Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroon footballer
  • 1990
    Matthias Cuntz, German footballer

Who died on May 4?

  • 1684
    John Nevison, English highwayman (b. 1639)
  • 1737
    Eustace Budgell, English writer (b. 1686)
  • 1811
    Nikolay Kamensky, Russian general (b. 1776)
  • 1937
    Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1980
    Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia (b. 1892)

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